Technology is amazing. Nowadays, if a scientist, designer or manufacturer has an idea, it’s only a matter of time before they implement the necessary technology to make that idea a reality.
Now, according to 3Dprint, sleep apnea machines are utilizing 3D technology to assist those with breathing issues while they sleep.
Sleep apnea is a one of the most common serious sleep disorders where breathings problems occur on a regular basis. There are resmed CPAP machines for sale that help and now some 3D ones as well.
Thanks to 3D technology, a new sleep apnea machine has been developed — the O2Vent — that is specifically customized to each individual patient’s mouth and then printed using a titanium coding.
Developed by a startup company, Oventus, this O2Vent helps users breathe without obstruction and acts as a printed out CPAP machine.
“Using CAD software to create a 3D drawing of the patient’s mouth and bite,” reads Oventus’s statement, “Oventus then uses 3D printing technology to manufacture a custom-made medical-grade mouthguard from titanium.”
The printed device sits in a user’s mouth and delivers air to the back of their throat by distributing it through a small ventilation system.
“A unique oral mouthguard device that can help people globally who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and snoring,” said Mel Bridges, Chairman Drc of Oventus. “I’m proud to be a part of this company and our leadership team, who are all experienced in the commercialization and global roll out of medical devices.”
Sleep disorders are a serious global issue and extremely prevalent in the United States. It’s estimated that approximately 18 million Americans suffer with sleep apnea and up to potentially 4% of Americans have an undiagnosed case. That means that for every 50 people in the U.S., one person has an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea.
It’s important to consult with medical professionals if you have any sleep disorder. We’ll wait and see how these new 3D resmed CPAP machines do, but for now, having sleep and medical professionals recommended high quality resmed CPAP machine support can greatly enhance your sleeping habits and your overall wellbeing.
Talk to a doctor today if you’re struggling with sleep apnea or any other sleep disorder.